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10/12/2008, Annapolis, MD

Friday, October 10, 2008
Sunny, 78 another perfect day in Annapolis

Today is boat show day. We get to wander among the boats, look at the various wares that the venders have brought and try and sort through what we need, what we want, and what we'll actually buy. There's two seminars that we want to go to - Don Street: Preparing for the voyage south, and Jimmy Cornell: Formalities, documents and necessities for cruising.

I visited the Gozzard 44 at the show. H.T. Gozzard was below and I complimented him on the boat (it's gorgeous of course). I asked Mrs. Gozzard how long it takes from ordering a boat to the finishing of it and she said a bout 10-12 months. Amazing. We went by Hot Wire and chatted with them about solar power and wind power then went on to find the davits at Garhauer. We bought the display model but can't pick them up until Monday after the show (they need the display of course) so it looks like we'll be here until Wed. morning. After we get them Monday evening, we'll mount them while we're in Annapolis in case we need anything, then move on before the power boat show. The solar panels we'll probably pick up further south since we'll be running the engine quite a bit while in the inter-coastal waterway.

The two seminars' we attended were standing room only but we were there early enough that we were able to sit. Both were very good seminars! We ran over to Faucets (a boat supply house) to pick up a replacement hinge for the Quick windlass that we lost somehow. Looking at the windlass in the display at the show, we couldn't see how it even came out (let alone how it was put together). I think it was a flaw in the equipt. But we got the part number from the person at the display then went to Faucets to order it.

It was starting to get twilight out so we ran over to ACME for dinner (happy hour - cheaper beer too) then the CVS (pharmacy closed) and back to the dinghy dock before dark (we don't have a light for the dingy so need to be in before the streetlights to avoid fines from the harbor master). Beautiful evening and there's a new Bayfield here it looks like a 32 ft? She's a beauty!

Saturday, October 11, 2008
Mid 70's, sunny, another beautiful fall day

Went to the Harbor Master's office and signed up for 3 more days then went through most of the venders we missed yesterday and bought some fishing stuff. The two seminars today - Don Street: Off shore preparations, and Jimmy Cornell: from the Chesapeake to the Bahamas and around the world. What dynamic speakers they are - quite a wealth of information and, once again - standing room only. Ate at Pusser's before heading back to the boat - they have a wonderful Cruz Bay Chicken and um make a mean Pain Killer.

10/12/2008

Okay, today is pretty much see if we can get the water pump and head pump working, etc... We're going to avoid the boat show today since we need to go again tomorrow to pick up the davits toward the end of the show... general maintenance today, show tomorrow, then Tuesday we'll see if we can figure out the mounting of the davits so we can leave Wednesday?

The picture is part of the church at the Naval Academy - it's actually more impressive than the MD State Capital Dome

10/15/2008 | Holly
I keep trying to email you guys but it won't go through. I'm not sure why?
Naval Academy
Sunny, 78 and nice
10/09/2008, Annapolis, MD

Hey we had eggs for breakfast (YAY) then went into town to the Naval Academy. We've taken a self tour before but decided to take the walking tour this year. It was highly recommended and I'm glad we did. We went into the Phys-ed building and saw some of the cadets taking their swimming tests in uniform. By the end of their sophomore year not only to they have to swim 400 yards in 20 minutes (it gets longer each year with shorter times), but if they don't jump off the high platform (it's high) then they are booted out. I guess that by the time they finish their 4 years here, they're considered "drown proof".

We visited John Paul Jones crypt/memorial - very impressive. They finally were able to find his remains, determine his cause of death (pneumonia) and inter his remains here at the Acadamy.

We watched the noon day procession for the mid-day meal where all 4000 cadets assemble and call off before marching in to have their meal (family style). I cannot imagine 4000 cadets in a mess hall all being served at once, then leaving after 25 minutes. The Assembly was impressive and I guess they go through it every day. Their kitchens are definitely geared to the students better than at JHS... You can tell the seniors from the rest of the cadets - they get to wear khaki uniforms instead of the navy blue.

After the official tour we went to the Officer's Club and had lunch. That was impressive and it was the best clams (huge and tender - cooked to perfection) and crab cakes (all crab, no filler - honest!) I've ever had. It was a very formal looking place and I felt out of place in my Saugatuck Tshirt! I loved seeing the officers in their uniforms and loved the whole area. Very historic and beautiful granite buildings (French Venetian Style). The church dome is what a lot of people think is the state capital but it's the wrong style and the state capital building besides being smaller is less grandeur. Wrong style and materials.

After the tour and lunch walked back into town to the CVS and the bank. The opening day VIP people were at the boat show and it's packed already. We discovered that our dingy was having a huge gathering on the Navy pier and we had to tear it away from it's playmates in order to get back to the boat. The dingies were stacked in tight like a carton of eggs but we managed to weave and push our way out.

The trees are starting to turn and it was just a beautiful fall day!


Another beautiful day in Annapolis
Partly cloudy 70, pleasant day
10/08/2008, Annapolis, MD

Brrrr.... 40 out again this early morning. I kicked on the heat and crawled under my army blanket before making coffee. We headed over to the Harbor Master's after stripping the sheets off the bed - did a load of laundry while showering. Jan was there doing laundry when I got there and Iain was chatting with Wayne outside the shower/laundry rooms. We stood around chatting and watching the boat show go up. This has been interesting watching them put it together - all the docks with power lines, water lines going up, boats coming in, people all over the place setting up booths, etc... This is definitely a planning/organizing intensive operation. It's amazing to watch it come together slowly and amazing to think of how quickly it comes back down for the power boat show, then torn down again completely.

After laundry we walked into town & went to ACME for lunch, CVS (we need to go again with Wayne's script tomorrow to change it back to them), then back to the grocery store (this time I got eggs and brought them with me!!!), to Rite-Aid next store for beer (Yuengling), back to the Navy bus to downtown Annapolis again, a walk to the dingy and home again home again jiggity jig. J

We hooked up the t.v. and can now tune in a couple channels so we can catch up on some news. We heard that the Dow went below 10,000 the day before yesterday and was near 9000 (?) yesterday - yikes.

There's a huge mega yacht that's been dancing around in the mooring area Silver Seas about a 90 foot beast that I've no idea why he came under the bridge specially at rush hour because they won't open the bridge again until 6:00pm and his revving up his engines to go forward/backward is really churning up the water here. Incoming call brb...

Laura from Disney - they're having fun with the kids there LOL I can imagine Greg with the fast track pass - I'd be racing from ride to ride too! Awww how fun...

Okay - antenna is up and world news on the BBC! We can watch the news while the generator is running - looks like the Dow closed at 9200 today and other world economies are shakey too. Wow...


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